Skip to main content

Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

See other formats

INTRODUCTORY  ESSAY.                                   65
presented to the Linnean Society a similar named set, as com-
plete as possible, together with all his duplicates, for the pur-
pose of distribution: his intentions in this matter have, how-
ever, unfortunately not yet been carried into effect.
7.  Besides the herbaria of Wallich and Boyle, the Linnean
Society possesses several very valuable collections of Indian
plants, which have been of great service to us.   These areó
I. An authentic collection of Roxburgh's plants, for the most
part named.    The names are chiefly Roxburgh's earlier ones,
but they are in all cases identifiable with those of his Flora
Indica, by means of the coloured drawings at tue India
House, of which copies made by Sir William Hooker, as re-
lated in detail in Wight and Arnotf s Prodromus, are at our
disposal.     With these means of  determining Roxburgh's
plants, we trust that few, if any, of those contained in the
orders which we have investigated will remain in obscurity.
Several species not hitherto recognized either by Wallich, or
by Wight and Arnott, will be found in the first part of our
Flora, and the number may be expected to be increased.    2.
A large collection of plants of the Bombay Presidency, chiefly
from-the neighbourhood of Punah, presented by Colonel Sykes
to the Society.    These amount to nearly a thousand species,
tand the specimens, though often indifferent and much injured
by insects, are, in general, capable of determination.  3. The
Smithian Herbarium contains a good many specimens from
Hamilton and others, and is valuable as a means of deter-
mining the species described by Sir J. Smith in Rees* Cyclo-
paedia and in the c Exotic Botany/ where he has occasionally
indicated new Indian plants.    It is almost superfluous to add,
that the Linnean Herbarium is the gem of the Society's pos-
8.  The collection distributed by Captain Strachey and Mr.
Winterbottom consists chiefly of the plants of Kumaon and
Garhwal, and of those of the adjacent parts of Tibet. Captain
Richard Strachey was appointed by the Indian Government
to make a scientific survey of the province of Kumaon, and